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Answers to the AI Questions You’ve Been Too Afraid to Ask [Part 1]

This was orignally published on CMSWiRE, here.

Worried about the recent surge of artificial intelligence (AI), Chatbots and our impending botnet overlords? No need. Our sophisticated future tech is here to help, not hinder.

You may have caught wind of the recent news hype surrounding AI, and now you’re wondering, “What’s all this AI stuff about?”

The AI frenzy has journalists, futurists and vendors alike dreaming up all kinds of possibilities – good and bad. But a lot of the concepts are over sensationalized, or just baseless fluff.

So, what is a realistic view of AI? What can you reasonably expect from AI tools in the near future? How can you use AI practically to improve your business?

First, let’s start with the basics.

What does AI look like?

AI is more of a milestone than anything. It is the culmination of brilliant computer engineering that has amassed over many years. In its basic form, AI is merely a string of code that mirrors thought. It is the next step for computers beyond simple 1+1 calculations.

As a program, AI can be used to create more complicated and interactive technology. Examples might include a digital chat window (similar to that AOL SmarterChild), that gives programed responses. Or it could be an interactive robot that can respond to verbal commands. Or it could be an internet connected device that can sense and make environmental changes based on preference.

AI borrows from one or many of the below abilities:

  • Learning
  • Reasoning
  • Problem-solving
  • Perception
  • Language-understanding

It doesn’t have a “look” per say…

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Answers to the AI Questions You’ve Been Too Afraid to Ask.

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